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  FOX News    Happening Now    News/Business. Jon Scott, Jenna  
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    March 14, 2011
    11:00 - 1:00pm EDT  

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not like that marathon you do on the weekends. alisyn: this feels like a spa day. the two hours being with you have been a pleasure. bill: i got you. is it a marathon or telethon on the weekends. alisyn: both. you can call in we take callers. bill: good to be with you. "happening now" "happening now" starts right now. jenna: breaking developments and brand-new stories this hour. what could be a nuclear disaster in the making in japan after a new blast rocks a new power plant there. also a deadly tour bus crash in new york and conflicting reports from the driver and passengers. this while we try to get to the bottom of what really happened. and rebel fighters hammered in libya as forces loyal to qaddhafi use warplanes to bomb stra taoepbl i can conditions. it's all now and live and "happening now" "happening now."
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we're go glad you are with us on this very busy monday morning. hi, everybody i'm jenna lee? i'm jon scott. "happening now" a new explosion at a japanese nuclear power plant raises fears of an all out meltdown. the fallout from that could reach across the pacific affectth west coast of the u.s. more powerful after shocks rocked japan today. a thousand bodies wash ashore on the devastated northeast coast of the country. raising the death toll officially now lis listed as tad 9.0 and the tsunami that hit just half wards. the details get worse by the day. >> reporter: absolutely. it's completely unbelievable. every day i go out it gets worse than the day before. i went down by the airport which was hit by the tsunami on friday
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afternoon. the military here are walking through the fields picking up body parts from the culverts and amongst the rice paddies. it's appalling. jon: just the rebuilding, even the cleaning up has to be so badly affected by the fact that there is so little power, so little fuel, so little working machinery. >> reporter: absolutely. the military are doing wall they can. a lot of the emergency services are coming in from other parts of the country. but it really is a drop in the ocean. the area that has been affected by this i this is colossal. you can drive for miles and see devastated houses, cars are upside down, factories, everything is wrecked and it's going to take years for japan and this part of japan in particular to recover from this. jon: i know i'm always struck with how stoic and unfail link lee polite the japanese people are, even in times like this.
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what is the overall attitude right now? >> reporter: it's remarkable. they aren't exactly stoic, they put on a brave face, they try and go about their lives as much as possible. monday morning there were people walking through central sendai going to work in suits and tie like it was just another monday morning, let alone what happened over the weekend. the story obviously in the worst affected areas is very, very different. we spent much of the afternoon there today. people are picking through the remains of their homes. there were families cycling back from where their homes had once stood with pitiful remnants of their lives. there was one lad with an electric guitar smeared in mud. a little girl with a couple of dolls in the basket on the frowned of a bicycle. it's tragic. jon: after the quake itself did the people of sendai have any kind of warning about the possibility or probability of this tsunami? >> reporter: yes, they did. there was a tsunami warning. it was a couple of minutes,
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again people i spoke to today they felt the quake initially wanted to return home but then they got the warning of a tsunami. they lived in a low-lying area, and they said to me today that they were very glad they didn't go home, because when they did go back there was nothing left. instead of a car on their front drive they had a rail rain train that they don't know where it came from, because the nearest line is three kilometers away. that is the scale of devastation we are talking about. jon: live from sendai japan, it is just unbelievable these images. julian, thank you. jenna: those images certainly are. another angle to this story is the business side. japan is a major player in the global economy, it's the third largest economy in the entire world. there are as expected some ripple effects not only to our country but again the world economy overall. eric bolling is here from fox business. when you're looking at this big story and there are so many different sides to it what is
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the first thing you think about when you think about the effect affects. >> the first thing we saw we saw a 6% drop in japanese stocks overnight. we were expecting that. we wanted to see what the spill over would be at least in the stock market here we are down about 95 points right now. there are different sectors that are getting hit harder. the nuclear power generation sector is getting hit hard, the people who put together these reactors. ge is down half a buck on a $20 stock. jenna: is that in the expectation that people will be more hesitant tho go ahead with nuclear energy. >> we had joe lieberman saying we should put the brakes on going ahead with nuclear energy. which is a big mays take to say this event should stop what we are doing here. look what happened. a 9.0 earthquake, a tsunami followed. it changed the earth's rotation and changed the coastline of japan by 13 feet yet the containment in still intact. i'll say it again, western
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civilization has never had a single death due to radiation leak. okay. it's still the safest the cleanest and the cheapest form of power generation. jenna: we talk a lot about oil prices, that's been a big story considering what is happening in the mideast, but it's also a story that we look at when anything impacts energy sector. do you see any reaction in the oil markets overall? >> sure, japan imports almost a hundred percent of their oil. they don't produce much oil on the mainland. when a country that is dependent on oil has a disaster like that consumption goes down, so the prices are lowering. if this happened in iraq prices would be skyrocketing. prices of natural oil are going down. natural gas rise prices are moving up. a lot of the power generation if it isn't nuclear, people are speculating this may turn
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everything awa back to tpharl gasaway from nuclear. jon: fox news alert kennedy space center where a nasa worker just fell from the launch bad to his death. no word yet on the identity of the man. nasa is suspending work on launch pad 39a for the rest of the day. also, beginning an investigation into what happened that led to this worker's death. also this fox news alert, the clock is ticking down to a government shut down potentially. also, japan has provided 230,000 units of stable iodine to evacuation centers as a precautionary measure in that country's nuclear emergency, this according to the u.n. atomic watchdog. about 200,000 people have been evacuated from around that nuclear plant where are fears of more radiation leaks.
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so with the clock ticking down to the possibility of a government shut down lawmakers have just days to come up with a deal on federal funding. chief political correspondent carl cameron is keeping an eye on that. he's live in the capitol building. the shut down could come friday night, carl. both houses have to pass this in the next four days to avert that. >> reporter: another time consuming race to avoid a government shut down. this next would b one would exts for another three weeks and give lawmakers a chance tho doe bait how to fine hraoeud finalize th. it would cut $6 billion, which is on tract with what republicans had proposed doing this year which is cut $61 billion from spending. it would keep the government operating up until april 8th.
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the house his expected to pass it, but there are a handful of republican conservatives who are frankly fed up with this idea of short term stopgap extensions and they'd rather just try to essentially legislate the spending for the remainder of the year. if they amass enough numbers they could threaten passage of the continuing resolution in the house. they are trying to keep their ranks in order to keep the trains running on time. jon: they don't have a lot of time, right. >> reporter: they don't. if the house sticks to its schedule and is able to keep the republicans and get enough democrats to pass the resolution tomorrow then it will be over to the senate giving them about two days or so, and there there is a tremendous amount of growing animosity towards this idea of short-term spending members. marco rubio of florida today issued a statement says he's done voting for hem after this one. mitch mcconnell and charles schumer were talking about the need to get the work done and to stop these short term ways of doing business. listen to this. >> i don't think we ought to let
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the government shut down. i think it's going to include about $6 billion in cuts. so we are on a path, a slow path but a path, nevertheless to get to the $61 billion in reductions of this year's spending that house republicans were able to send over to us. so i think it should pass, and will pass. >> we are sticking to where we're at, this short term cr moved us in that direction, but now we should negotiate one for the rest of the year. we only have six months left, the president, senate democrats, house republicans are sitting down and negotiating, and we should get it done already. you can't fund a business two weeks at a time, you can't fund a government two weeks at a time. >> reporter: and yet with all that said, jon when lawmakers give themselves this three-week extension as they are expected to do, the first thing they'll do is take all of next week off and go back to their home district and postpone or suspend their negotiations and then they'll come back a week from
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then leaving only two weeks to negotiate. jon: i wish i had that kind of a work schedule, i'm sure you do too. >> reporter: you and me both. jon: unbelievable. thanks. jenna: fox news alert a 15th person has died after that horrific bus crash in new york over the weekend. the driver involved claiming a truck forced him off the road. witnesses are telling a very different story. how investigators are figuring out what really caused this terrible and deadly accident. also dire reports from the quake zone in japan, an engineer investigating the scope of the disaster tells us what he season the ground just ahead. and for the latest facts on the damaged tphaubg lar plant in northern japan and the risk of a worst case scenario, full scale meltdown go to foxnews.com. check it out during the commercial break. we'll see you in three minutes.
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for a earthquake conference when the ground started shaking below him. mounting concerns regarding the nuclear plants after a second explosion and fuel records completely exposed at one of the reactors. he is now staying in one of the hardest hit areas of japan trying to see the scope of the disaster. he joins us on the phone. kit, what is the worst problem facing the people around you right now? >> right now i'm actually driving up to the sendai. the real issue right now obviously two things, one is the nuclear meltdown is one issue. the bigger issue that is affect being the whole country and the people here is that the power shortage, and also the material
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shortage caused by this disaster. not only the nuclear plants got damaged but many of the conventional power plants have been damaged, so that actually is causing the major shortage in energy here, so actually we are facing a few hours' black out in all of the eastern part of japan, including part of tokyo. jon: i know in a disaster of this scope it's tough to separate what was caused by what, but is it fair to say that because of japanese building standards the earthquake itself was not the big issue, it was the tsunami and all of the massive devastation that that wall of water brought that led to so many chain reactions, including the problems at the nuclear plants? >> that is correct. the building damage appears to be fairly limited. i'll going to find out more about it tomorrow in sendai and places like that, but so far
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most of the deaths is reported from -- caused by the flood, caused by the tsunami, that is correct. jon: what is the mood of the people now regarding the nuclear plant. it's scary enough to be in the united states and hear talk of a meltdown r. to be on that relatively small island nation and hear talk of a meltdown has to be terrifying. >> yes, obviously the people and the government are taking this svery seriously. something like this has never happened here before. it's just that kind of feeling out of control is something not common here in japan, in japan everything is organized, advanced technologies, and everything just totally, on time
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get things done. but this nuclear meltdown is something total low out of our control at this point, and i think a feeling of just -- i don't know if i'd say helpless but more like the fear of unknown about this. not able to control, i think that is the kind of the feeling here. jon: we had a graphic on our screen a moment ago about the fact of 300 after shocks magnitude 5.0 or higher have been felt since the original quake on friday. you must be feeling those. they must be pretty terrifying in and of themselves. >> yeah it is. i mean it's almost like you're on a constant, airplane ride, you know, here is the tremor, here is the shaking again. and it sometimes gives you almost dizziness, you feel that. jon: i know it's the middle of
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the night where you are and you're headed towards sendai. when you get up there and particular a look at more of the damage and give what help you can, given your profession i hope we can check in with you again. >> exactly, thanks so much, i appreciate it. jenna: brand-new details emerging about that deadly tour bus crash over the weekend in new york. what the driver and passengers are now saying, we are live with the latest on that investigation, plus whether in japan today how it affects rescue efforts and the danger of radiation spreading across that country and beyond. we'll tell you a little bit about that. in the meantime check out the quake interactive map at foxnews.com to see the epicenter of the earthquake, the hardest hit areas and a history of other natural disasters like this one. we may not be able to make direct comparisons but we'll try to put it in perspective for you. for more images of the devastation that we are not putting on television you can go to foxnews.com. iabetes,
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jon: fox news alert, a very serious one. officials in japan say the nuclear fuel rods appear to be melting inside all three of the most troubled nuclear reactors in that country. a statement from chief cabinet secretary says although we cannot directly check it, it is highly likely it's happening. jenna raises a good point, during the three mile island catastrophe they had to guest what was going on inside the reactor. it is simply too dangerous and impossible to physically check. some experts would consider what is going on in japan right now in those three reactors a partial meltdown of the reactor. others say that term applies
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only when the nuclear fuel melts through the inner most chamber but not through the outer containment shell. it is a very serious situation there and seems to get worse by the hour. more details as they become available. jenna: we are watching the developments on that. engineers are racing to prevent a meltdown some say at a nuclear plant in northern japan. if they can't, and that is a strong cant we ream i don't know what is going to happen. there is a possibility that tens of thousands could get hit with a harmful dose of radiation. so far winds have blown most of the radiation leakage away from large cities, and blown it out to sea, but winds can change, and that's why we wanted to check in with meteorologist maria molina in the fox weather center to give us a break down of what we can expect. >> reporter: we are expecting the winds to begin to take a shift for the worse as well as the weather. we have an approaching storm system. this is going to begin to
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deteriorate our weather conditions across sendai japan. temperatures are starting to plummet, by tuesday clouds roll on in, showers to start off the day and that precipitation becoming steadier overnight with temperatures also plummeting below freezing. we'll also start to see tphours mixing in with that rain. thisnow showersmixing in with r. this is dangerous for people without shelter. and no heating available to many residents. we are expecting windy conditions. that will make it feel even colder. we are talking about the threat of hypothermia for anyone caught outside for a long period of time in these cold temperatures. by wednesday we'll see snow showers, very cold temperatures, a lot of cloudiness will provide poor visibility for any rescue efforts by helicopter. we want to take a look at the wind, we are talking about the possibility of some of these video active vapors leaking out of the fukushima nuclear power plant. the dot in blue is sendai, the
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red is the fukushima power plant. it is blowing out of the north and making the vapors blow off-shore. we are going to see shift there the northwest. they will still be blowing the vapors away from sendai. we know tokyo off to the south will actually begin to blow the vapors towards tokyo. we're looking at that possibility throughout tuesday when the winds do shift from the northeast. now these are surface winds, the winds aloft will be generally blowing west to east. any vapors that do make it to higher levels of the atmosphere will continue to blow towards the united states. areas like hawaii, alaskan the west coast. jenna: certainly something we'll be watching. so much different sides to this story. maria molina, thank you very much. jon: the death toll is rising in that horrific bus crash in new york this weekend. a 15th person has now died from injuries suffered in that accident. the driver of that bus claims he
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was clipped by a tractor/trailer rig and ultimately forced off the road. passengers, though are telling a different story. julie bandaras joins us now. she has the latest details. what about the driver's story is not adding up, julie. >> reporter: a lot about the story. i also want to tell you about that 15th victim. we are told it was a 70-year-old man, he died this morning, his name among the 14 others that were killed in this crash, their names not yet being released. as for the driver's story, certainly it's not meshing with what witnesses said on the scene. according to the driver he said this a tractor/trailer had clipped him on the side which then sent the bus careening into the side of the street, and we have video of the aftermath. it sent it careening into a road sign which then literally sheared the top of the bus off, front to back causing gruesome head injuries, causing that death, that 15th victim this morning. now witnesses are saying not only did they not see any such
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tractor/trailer in the area, passengers on the bus never saw or felt anything leading up to it, in other words, they didn't feel any kind of collision. and then there was a truck driver that was driving behind this bus as the accident occurred, he said that minutes before the accident, that the driver was drivingee radically. they conducted a breathalyzer test and that came back okay. we are waiting for blood test results at this point. but the investigation is ongoing and the national transportation safety board is also questioning witnesses trying to figure out, get to the bottom of this. jon: and as they try to get to the bottom of it, what do we know about the investigation? >> reporter: they are looking at a camera that is actually at the front of the bus that was facing the passengers, they are hoping that that camera, they don't know in it was active as they call it yet. they are looking at that. we'll be talking to the national transportation safety board this afternoon. hopefully if that was active they'll be able to determine whether or not the tracker -- if there even was a tractor/trailer. they will be looking at a module
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on the bus to see how fast the bus indeed was traveling. and hoping to get answers there. so at this point it's looking a little dodgey. jon: julie bandaras in our newsroom, thanks. jenna: still keeping an eye on what is happening in the mideast today. libyan reblts taking a beating losing ground in key areas they once controlled. an international noose is still tightening on qaddafi. we have the latest developments a whole bunch of different reports coming out of libya. we'll break it on down from you. breaking news from japan this morning. brand-new reports, three react erts may be in the process of melting down as the people of japan struggle to deal with this multiteared disaster. we'll give you the latest in just three minutes. pwhrafp ♪
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jenna: fox news alert japanese officials now warning of a possible meltdown inside several reactors at one of the major nuclear plants. this comes on top of reports that 17 u.s. troops involved in helicopter relief mission have now been exposed to low levels of radiation. david piper is live in tokyo with the details today. david. >> reporter: yes, the nuclear crisis seems to be escalating at this hour here in japan. the japanese government is saying that three of the reactors at the fukushima nuclear plant which is about
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160 miles northeast of here could be melting down at this time. japanese reports suggest one of these units, the water is dropping again within the reactor, which could cause a meltdown. also earlier we had another explosion at that plant. it was a hydrogen build up. eleven people were injured during that latest blast. but the japanese government says none of the metal containers proceeprotecting the reactors fm releasing massive amounts of radiation have been breached. they are pouring seawater around the reactors to try to cool them down a. 12-mile exclusion zone remains around the plants. over 200,000 people have been moved out, and they are saying that about 200 people could have suffered some kind of radiation contamination already. some european countries have ordered their people to leave the country, because of the danger of nuclear fallout. the u.s. ambassador to japan
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says they aren't following france's lead. >> roughly 50,000 american military men and women stationed in the country of japan, and as far as i'm concerned all 50,000 are involved in this effort if required by the government of japan. >> reporter: that is 50,000 u.s. military personnel, risking themselves by helping the relief effort. 15 u.s. warships including the carrier ronald reagan moved away temporarily from the shore over fears of radiation. 17 naval personnel had to be washed down on the carrier reagan after being contaminated during rescue missions. none of them are believed to be at risk. despite the danger a huge rescue relief operation is continuing at this hour, but it's now being reported that 2,000 bodies have been found on the shores in just
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one japanese prefeckture. they are short of food and water and with temperature dropping it's feared any survivors who haven't been found yet could soon perish. there are also concerns about the electricity supply. blackouts have been introduced around tokyo you, because they are trying to conserve energy, because a lot of the power spying tokyo came from those units, those nuclear reactors. it's a se serious situation for the people of japan. jenna: david piper thank you very much for that live report out of japan today. i'm seeing breaking news cross our wires from the associated press. talking about these fuel rods that are in these nuclear plants r-r one japanese utility company says the fuel rods are now gainful lee exposed. we heard moments ago that some officials are saying that the fuel rods appear to be melting as well. trying to keep up with this is
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certainly a challenge, we are going to try tho do our best for you. jack spencer is a nuclear energy specialist at the heritage foundation. when you hear the headlines what does that mean to you? >> well it's not a good situation, that is for sure. but it isn't necessarily the catastrophe that i think many fear. look, what we need tho bear in n mind is that that containment facility is still intact, it hasn't been beached and that's what that is there for. all of the systems are in place to keep the nuclear power plant operating smoothly. there are layers are defense should that operation stop. and we see those layers of defense coming into play now. should there even be a full meltdown the containment structure should be adequate to hold that, and to prevent a significant release of radi radioactive material into the surrounding atmosphere. jenna: we are seeing a hydrogen
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explosion and the screen, wao we've seen a couple of those over the days. we've been using the term meltdown freeway. what is a meltdown and how do we know if it's happening. >> i'm glad you asked that. the use of the word meltdown probably has been ban did about in way that hasn't been as helpful as it could be. to answer your question is what happens in a reactor when it gets hot because you don't have cool and the running through the nuclear core will continue to heat up the pressure will build and that will cause the nuclear core the fuel and the cladding to break down and start to diffuse and meltdown. and that is not a good situation. i'm not trying to downplay the significance of this. however, these nuclear power plants containment structures were built specifically to house that sort of situation. what we've seen now, and we haven't seen in there and i don't have any special access to the inside of the reactors. what seems to be happening is they are having a very difficult
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time maintaining cool and the in those reactors. and they seem to be at some point the course are being exposed, either partially, which is sort of what we thought was happening before. now there are reports of full exposure. it's important to bear in mind when i say exposure that's not exposure to the outside atmosphere that is simply that it's no longer being covered by water inside the reactor structure. there is some exposure. once that exposure happens the cladding of the reactor, or of the fuel i should say begins to break down somewhat. what we need is to make sure they keep the seawater running through them, keep them cooled down and the natural decay of the reactor fuel rods should dissipate in a relatively short period of time. jenna: that's what we are seeing again as i look at these wires that are crossing right now. it seems to be describing exactly what you're saying that once again the fuel rods have been exposed and they are trying to again keep everything as cool as they can and struggling to do so. just real quick here, jack there was an editorial in the "wall
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street journal" today that made an interesting point just about our focus here on the nuclear disaster essentially saying that our focus on this nuclear situation is trivializing the disaster that is facing japan right now as far as the disease, as far as the people being homeless, and that our focus, as this author puts it is obscene considering all the other things we have to worry about. would you agree with that? >> my expertise really is nuclear energy and that's sort of what i know. i wouldn't disagree with what you said. it's important that we keep an eye on the nuclear thing. but i believe, and i could be wrong, but i believe this will be brought to a conclusion. it's going to ruin those reactors. it will be a huge financial hit on the owners of the reactors but that public health and safety will be maintained and the people of japan have a lot of problems that they are facing outside of this nuclear problem. jenna: a good reminder the public health and safety is the number one priority as we take a look at this story. jack, thank you very much for
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your expertise we appreciate it. jon: japan's nuclear disaster is affecting the debate on energy policies. joe lieberman says it's time to hold off building any new nuclear power plants here at home. >> i think we have to kind of quietly quickly put the brakes on until we could object soerb whaabsorb whathas happened in ja result of the earthquake and tsunami and then see what more if anything we can demand of the new power plants that are coming online. jon: the politics of energy, let's talk about it with chris stirewalt, fox news damage are digital poll six editor. just when it seemed like republicans and democrats were finding one thing they could agree on, that is the utility of nuclear power in this country now it appears that is going to be on hold at least for the time being. >> reporter: that's right, chris. senator lieberman is very phor on this. he was working with republicans on an energy plan
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that was built around nuclear power. the whole idea was that you could reduce emissions and increase the number of kill louisiana what the hours produced in the united states by going to nuclearment it was something that the president after a career of opposition to nuclear power embraced last year, and was coming forward and it looked like it was going to be the chance to get this all done. jon: he had proposed 20 new nuclear power plants to be built in this country in the next 20 years, right. yes, unfortunately tapping the brakes as senator lieberman pointed out when you're talking about a nuclear plant, which is a 40-year, a 30 or 40-year building process, slowing that down means slowing it way down. so this has dimmed hopes substantially on the hill that there will be a way to use nuclear power to sort of slice through this energy logjam. jon: if you want to read more about chris' topic here check out foxnews.com, chris' power play right there. chris stirewalt thank you. jenna: to libya qaddhafi forces are assaulting rebel forces
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there and appear to be gaining some ground. what qaddhafi is now offering and what that means for the latest out of libya. u.s. troops are working in the quake zone in japan delivering food and aid but radiation levels there are on the rise. a look at the dangers our troops and the japanese people are now facing. more information on how you can help the victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in japan go to foxnews.com for details on several of the organizations working on relief and recovery in the region and requesting donations. go ahead and check it out foxnews.com. [ female announcer ] it's lobsterfest.
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former senior director of middle eastern affairs at the national security council. can anything stop moammar gadhafi from essentially reclaiming control of his country, mike elt? >> well he certainly seems to have now the momentum in his favor. as he patrols on east towards benghazi i don't think we can assume that his victory is inevitable here. libya has a very long coast. he's going to need to maintain his supply lines, for example, maintain the discipline of his troops in hostile territory, all the standard issues that armies have to deal with, except that moammar gadhafi's army is a fairly rag-tag bunch. i think he'll encounter difficulties. i think it comes down to international intervention. jon: do you see that coming? it seems he has consolidated control over so much of his cotry and so far the world really hasn't done anything to stand in the way. >> reporter: i think that's right. this is a case study in the fact
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that problems don't get easy as you sit on them. dislodging qaddhafi from these places will be much more difficult than it would have been to work with the rebels to hold these places. and i think -- there are two problems, one is that just basic logistical problem of how we can address this. the second is that frankly u.s. credibility and international credibility is taking a hit. the rebels have been calling for weeks now for intervention. the arab league is calling for intervention and we seem still to be sitting back despite very tough words and the president and secretary of state weeks ago by this being the time to to act. jon: the government of france actually recognized the rebel government in libya there. what message does that convey to the united states? >> well again i think what this shows is that the u.s. has really been sort of lagging on this behind france, than behind also the u. k. the french recognized the rebel government. now secretary clinton will be in paris meeting with members of the opposition but we haven't
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quite got tone that point. the u. k. and france have been circulating a u.n. security resolution to impose a no-fly zone. we in the united states are not in favor of that resolution is my understanding. the united states is seen as standing on the side lines or retreating a little bit here from the middle east which can only eupl bold even those who we are up against in the middle east like iran. jon: thank you michael. jenna: radiation dangers a real fear in japan after more explosions rock a nuclear plant in that country. we are going to go in depth about the real health concerns. fox all over this disaster zone. shepard smith live in japan. he will be anchoring there starting this afternoon 3:00pm eastern time on fox report at 7:00pm. you don't want to miss his broadcast. we'll be right back in three minutes. america's beverage companies are working together
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jenna: right now new fears over the health safety of u.s. troops and also the japanese people, anyone in what is happening in japan right now. the u.s. s. ronald reagan may have passed through a radioactive cloud while doing relief work off the coast. 17 helicopter crew members treated for radiation exposure during one mission. what health issues are facing our troops as well as the japanese. dr. cromwell is joining us now. we are talking about radiation affects or poisoning. what would that feel like to the average person? >> reporter: well the radiation affects we can separate into things that are more a cute affects and then long-term affects. in terms of things that people could feel right away after radiation exposure, they affect p really nausea, vomiting, headaches, diary a really feeling unwell. part of the reason behind that is that radiation damages your
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dna and prevents cells from being able to divide. within your gastrointestinal track the cells are dividing so quickly that is the first area affected. jenna: can that be permanent damage. >> reporter: it can be permanent damage. what happens with the initial radiation poisoning people can start to feel better and then actually the affects return. this can last from weeks to months. jenna: we just got a news blast at the top of our show that was talking about hundreds of thousands of iodine tablets being rushed to emergency centers in japan. why would that be? >> reporter: well the cdc does recommend that in any cases of a cute radio iodine exposure that the iodine tablets be given. we hope it saturates your body and then the radioactive iodine will not be able to be absorbed, particularly into the thyroid where it could cause thoe caused
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cancer. jenna: we are looking at the radiation and also looking at people not having heat in their homes. what is the biggest medical emergency? how would you approach this as a doctor? what is your biggest concern? >> reporter: i would say acutely our biggest concern is actually any trauma and illness that people -- that affected people immediately from the earthquake from physical damage from all those types of things. the affects from radiation we need to help people who are having a cute, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea and understand the long-term affects. that will take us time. we'll have to keep watching this population to see what happens. jenna: we are seeing those images of little kids getting scanned by men in suits that are all covered up. it almost looks like one of those outbreak movies. is that really the only way to figure out if someone has been exposed, is to scan their bodies. >> reporter: that is the way to understand what levels of radiation a person might have been exposed to . it's interesting that you mention children, because if you think about children all of their cells are rapidly dividi
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dividing, it is a concern to watch them as they grow in age that everything remains healthy that is there, it's so important. jenna: so much to find out and look ahead to and see how the crisis develops. dr. cromwell good to have you. >> reporter: our hearts go out to everyone in japan obviously. jenna: it's a tragedy when you see what is going on. looking forward to having you on again, thank you. jon: an ongoing crisis on a smaller scale in this country. floodwaters slowly starting to recede in new jersey. residents are not in the clear just yet. what the forecast holds for the days ahead. also the radiation danger in japan it highlights the potential risks at nuclear facilities here in the united states. trace gallagher is on that. >> reporter: in fact jon i i'm at one of the nuclear power plants in the country built right on the ocean. what would happen if a major earthquake and tsunami struck southern california? some very surprising insight coming up. ♪
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jenna: words sometimes fail us. it appears that is the case. haunting scenes of devastation there. new fears of a nuclear meltdown. a big news day, everybody. i'm jenna lee. jon: i'm john scott -- jon scott. as nation comes to grip with friday's deadly earthquake and the tsunami. we're seeing overwhelming destruction in japan. entire towns wipedded out by the tsunami. crews digging out overwhelmed by the sheer number of bodies. death toll is estimated above 10,000. japan's economy, wide swaths of it are shut down. jenna: an important economy for all of us around the world. rescuers are still unable to reach hardest hit areas as strong aftershocks continue,
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hundreds after the initial earthquakes. survivors phase freezing temperatures with little food or water. as world community races to help. travelers stuck in japan during the quake are scrambling blipg to get home. governments including ours are advising against nonessential travel to japan. greg palkot is on japan's northeast coast. greg? >> reporter: jenna, jon, a little communications problems much our own by nothing like folks here. all around me ships are tossed around like toys by the tsunami last friday still sitting on their sides. that, the quake and now this nuclear drama causing huge concerns for the people here. just up the coast from where we are right now, technicians are working frantically to prevent another at least partial meltdown at a nuclear reactor. and another hydrogen explosion at another stricken plant. one hit by the earthquake. just this morning, jet another plant went up in smoke.
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radioactive gases was released. that followed another explosion at another plant on saturday. this of course is a real concern for the people that we're with here and talking to but a concern for americans too. 17 u.s. marines who were in choppers running relief missions from the uss ronald reagan aircraft carrier, didn't pass right over the reactor but near enough through a radioactive cloud they were in fact contaminated to some degree. they had to be washed down. they are not ill but it is caused the 7th fleet to push the ronald reagan further out to sea. it was 100 miles off the coast. as for those scenes of destruction, jon and jenna, you were talking about there, the adjectives now keep growing. armageddon, hiroshima, you name it. towns hit so hard they are no longer there. that's why the rescue and recovery teams are absolutely frantic as well, trying to find anybody still living from friday's disaster. 15,000 people have in fact
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been rescued. a half a million people, well, their homes are gone but they are now in shelter. but here in this town and up and down the coast as we travel around, millions are without power. they're without heat and it is a cold night here for these japanese. without fuel. food is running low. water is almost not there as well with. it's a high cost for these people. it is a high cost for the economy. today's estimate, $35 billion in damages this quake. got to tell you, the concerns just keep on coming, guys. this morning, a 6.0 on the richter scale aftershock, it sparked tsunami warnings here on the coast. there was no tsunami, but i tell you that was a quake. i got to tell you the people here, their nerves are absolutely on edge. back to you guys. jenna: greg call pot with invaluable perspective from the ground in japan. thank you. jon: president obama pledging this morning the u.s. will stand by the people of japan in difficult
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case ahead. already more military and rescue teams are on their way to japan bringing help. let's talk more about the u.s. outreach now by bret baier, anchor of "special report". what has japan asked for thus far and what is the u.s. delivering? >> a lot of airlift, humanitarian relief. you mentioned, greg mentioned there the uss ronald reagan and the efforts that aircraft carrier is making to be careful about the radiation in the area, moving the 7th fleet, announcing moving back a bit from the nuclear plant. it is important to put it in perspective however. the 7th fleet put out a statement about the radiation discovered on those 17 marines and the helicopters and it says, quote, for perspective, the maximum potential radiation dose received by any ships force personnel aboard the ship when it passed through the area was less than radiation exposure received from about one month of
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exposure to natural background radiation from sources such as rocks, soil and the sun. and the low level radioactivity was easily removed with soap and water. and they were surveyed. no further contamination was dehe can teched. -- detected. so they moved back those ships away. they were operating 100 miles away from the nuclear reactor in question here. no one, it is important to also note, that has died from this radiation so far but it is a an emergency situation that the u.s. is watching very closely to try to provide help. jon: you know at a time when our own budget is stretched and stressed in this country, foreign aid always becomes sort of a political punching bag. do you hear anybody in washington, any lead politicians i'm talking about now, who are would-be grudge foreign aid to japan at a time like this? >> we haven't had a specific discussion about dollar
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amounts or what exactly is going in. but humanitarian efforts, foreign aid, the effort of the 7th fleet on lift missions and trying to get supplies in, usaid already has activate ad number of different measures. there is not a lot about the concern about that money. i will point out that japan is in a big economic mess ahead of this. their debt was 225% of their gross domestic product. the percentage of debt-to-gdp. and so they were in an economic trouble before all of this happened. we'll see where this heads after this. jon: we'll see you tonight on "special report", 6:00 p.m. eastern time. bret baier, thanks. >> okay. jenna: the crisis unfolding in japan is putting naturally a spotlight on the safety of nuclear plants in our country. raising questions about how we can avert a similar catastrophe, if that is even possible. trace gallagher is live in san clemente, california,
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with this report. trace, how would the power plant where you're standing right there, one of the few in california, how would it fare if we compare, have a comparable disaster to the one we saw in japan? >> reporter: jenna, the authorities believe it would farewell but there are a number of parts to that answer. we're talking about a nuclear power plant the biggest in southern california. powers 1.4 million homes here. just like the nuclear power plant in swrap pan, built right on the ocean, in very earthquake-prone california. we had a 4.7-magnitude earthquake here last year the authorities believe the biggest earthquake that could hit the area would be 6.5 magnitude. they have built the thing to withstand a 7. you see the concrete domes behind my? those are concrete, three to seven feet thick with reinforced steel. if there was a tsunami, on the back end of that earthquake they believe it would only be as high as 25 feet. so they have built the tsunami wall at 30 feet. but again, these are all
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scientific assessments. if in fact there was a catastrophic event and water overran that, the key would be to be able to one, shut it down, and two, cool off the reactors and have enough power to cool off those reactors. they believe they have redundancies in place. listen. >> electricity is very important. in addition to us making it safely it is important that we have it. we do have redundancy within the plant. electrical components that are located at different elevations within the plan, further above sea level. and also through the u.s. nuclear industry and the support we have from our local plants, from, you know, through good communications that we have within the industry, we have the opportunity, were we to see something that could potentially take out our electric generators. we don't anticipate that would happen but we would have the full support of the u.s. nuclear industry. >> reporter: december sul fuel, batteries if need a
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gravity system that would cool that off. that of course, jenna is the big problem in japan. they couldn't get power to the facility to cool reactors down fast enough. jenna: we'll watch the developments here at home. thank you very much, trace gallagher in san clemente, california, today. jon: there is growing concern in washington over an american held in pakistan. raymond davis is a cia contractor now on trial for kill two pakistanis who he said attacked him a higher court in pakistan refuses to get involved, allowing the criminal court to consider a u.s. claim that davis should have diplomatic immunity. dominic dinatali streaming to us live from pakistan. >> reporter: this is the really last chance for real freedom for raymond davis say some observing the case in pakistan. the high court was supposed to be the ruling authority whether he indeed had diplomatic immunity for killing two men back in january. that court passed it down to
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a lower court who says it will combine it with the murder charges it will formally present against dave sis come wednesday. this very much complicates the case because the state department very much hoped that the davis could get off based on international law, the vienna convention of 1961 saying those registered with embassies working with foreign companies are diplomatically immune for prosecution from criminal acts. however, due to a variety of changes in that law, this has now made it very difficult for davis to get out of that because he was registered under a different system. what will happen? well the prosecution will present its charges come wednesday and, they are pushing for the death penalty. now there is a lot of evidence stacked against him and davis has actually presented no evidence of his eligibility to immunity on top of this so it looks like it is going down one specific route, jon. that is ultimately a full off on trial where he will be charged with the murder of two men back in january. it complicates the
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relationship between united states and pakistan at moment. the united states needs pakistan to rat out terrorist hiding in this country causing programs in afghanistan and with plots in afghanistan. davis is being used as a political pawn whether he is actually sentenced and does face the death penalty remains to be seen. it will be dragged out over months. today was a setback for davis and u.s.-pakistan relations. back to you. jon: let's hope we can get raymond davis home. dominic dinatali in pakistan, thanks. jenna: after making early gains, rebel forces in libya cornered by qaddafi forces. hillary clinton arriving in paris to discuss what if any role the u.s. will play in responding to what's happening in libya. should we lead or should we follow? that is a big question we're going to ask coming up. also the images coming out of japan. there is no other way to describe them. simply heartbreaking. the situation as fluid as it is as rescue teams arrive from around the world. we'll hear from an american woman in japan who livedded
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through the disaster. an update from her coming up.
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jenna: thousands of americans were in japan when the quake and tsunami hit either working or living or just visiting. if you were with us for the breaking news on friday you remember my next guest. her name is laura winthrop. joining us once again on the phone from tokyo. she is with her fiance who serves our country in the u.s. navy. laura, we talked hours after the initial quake and tsunami. what have the last few days have been like? >> i think there is an increasinging level of anxiety around tokyo, that is for sure. people are watching the news and very concerned about what's happening north of us. jenna: tokyo of course was not close to that epicenter but you felt the effects damage in the city because of the earthquake. what has it been like to get
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simple supplies like food or gasoline? what is it like in the city? >> well, right after the earthquake there were certainly a sense of panic and people rushing to the supermarket to stock up on supplies and water and, it was a friday afternoon. so people leaving their offices and, uncertain about whether they would be able to get home for the weekend. now since then, with the news of the nuclear disasters, people are putting the supermarkets and buying what they can. in the building where i'm living the apartment has representedded that you have -- recommended that you have three days worth of food and water and you fill your bathtub with water just in case you need it for drinking water. jenna: were you able to get three days of supplies? >> i was, fortunately. we went pretty soon afterwards. we have also gone to the atm to get enough cash. we have, what we call a go bag all set at our door just in case there's another
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quake. and that contains food and water, passports, you know, warm clothing, comfortable suits. i heard stories of people trying to run down many, many flights of stairs barefoot because they didn't want to run in their high heels and then walking home several hours from work barefoot. so we don't want to get caught in the a situation like that. jenna: for you being on the 25th floor you mentioned on friday having to come down the stairs. so seems like the right move when you have a bag ready to go just in case. laura, there is so much talk about the nuclear plants and the potential of radiation. what have you heard in tokyo? what are people saying to prepare you for something like that? >> well there is a lot of conflicting reports. frankly a lot of misinformation out there and you know, people don't really know what to believe. we're all staying very closely tuned to the news here.
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and i would say, you know, many of my friends have decided to leave the country and there are, it is getting increasingly challenging to get to the airport. some of the public transportation options, trains and public buses are less frequent now to the airport. and, some people are deciding to stick it out but a lot of people are thinking twice about that. jenna: what are you going to do? >> i'm considering all options right now. jenna: yeah. there is so much information as you mentioned coming in and those aftershocks, as well, laura, just real quick, are those as frequent as they were on friday? >> i would say on friday they were every 20 minutes or so. now, you know, maybe one an hour. that is really noticeable on the 25th floor that shakes the building. we had one earlier today that felt like a brand new earthquake. we were ready to go. thank goodness it passed
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after about a minute. but, the japanese news agencies have said there's a 70% chance of a quake, 7 magnitude or greater over the next three days. and then after that, percentage chance to 50% over the following three days. so people are watching that very closely. my japanese school, for example, is closed for the week due to that anxiety and concerns about the nuclear issue. jenna: laura, we appreciate your perspective coming to us from the ground here in tokyo and we wish you all the safety, as you make it through the next couple days here in this very, just very tragic event. laura winthrop, thanks again for joining us today. >> thank you very much. jon: well as you and laura were discussing the nuclear dangers in japan, are perhaps the among the most ominous, we are tracking them for you. engineers are in uncharted territory. they're you're looking at the smoke cloud erupting from an explosion, a major
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jon: nfl commissioner roger goodell says there will be a nfl season this year but over the weekend the owners locked out the players. now effectively that shuts down professional football for the first time in 24 years. the season not underway yet obviously.
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"wall street journal" reports that owners set aside enough cash that they will be able to ride out the season. what about the players? labor talks have collapsed for now. the players union is dissolved and both sides are taking legal action. joining us now with a look at it all from the players viewpoint, sports agent, drew rosen us haas. were you surprised the shutting down, decertification of the union? >> no, i wasn't surprised at all. this is a very difficult negotiation. that has been going on for years now, for two years. there is a lot of money at stake. about $9 billion a year. you know, negotiations that i have for a lot less money with individual teams can take months as well. so, i'm not surprised at all. you know, i think what's important going forward is that both sides get back to work on getting this resolved, not play the blame game. not point fingers and try and come up with a solution
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which up to this point they haven't been able to. jon: i know, you are a sports agent. you represent several big-name players but do your best to describe this for our viewers from the standpoint of the players and the standpoint of the owners. what does each side want? >> well, from the players standpoint they were very happy with the previous agreement. which was about a 50/50 partnership on the profits. we as players, and as a player agent, would have been very pleased to keep the status quo. the owners on the other hand feel that it is fiscally irresponsible for them to continue that arrangement. that it would not work going forward. and they wanted the players to take less than the 50/50 arrangement that has existed. the players came back and said, if you want us to take less, please show us why we should? and what we would like you
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to do is open up your books and show us the financial records to show why we should do this, why we should take less than what we have had in the past and the owners were not willing to do that. that's the crux of the issue. the owners position is they need players to take less than 50/50 of $9 billion profit. and the players say, if you want us to take less than that, show us why we should. that is not taken place. seems like all the other issues, the 18-game season, rookie pay scale, all of that seems to have been solved. so right now we're focusing on the big issue which is i money and the partnership and the split between the owners and players. jon: it always comes down to money, doesn't it? is there a chance that both sides are going to kill the goose that lays the golden egg here? just, you know, wind up killing all or part of the season? >> no. jon: you don't think so? >> no.
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there is no chance in my opinion. i'm preparing my clients as if there is a possibility. but i'm going to tell you the truth. and the truth is i don't think there's a chance we miss the season. i think that a deal is going to get done. the nfl is too profitable. there are too many positive things. the ratings are at an all-time high. everyone is making a lot of money here. it is an issue breaking down the money, the success. i don't think we're going to miss a season. i don't think we're going to miss games. i expect it to get worked out. i know right now we're in the legal process. hopefully that will help push the two sides together, to get back to negotiating. it will help both sides get on track and get a deal done. i certainly think that both sides have the act to do a deal. jon: let's hope your right. music to fans ears if you're right you don't think the season is going to be canceled. >> i do not. jon: drew rosenhaus, an agent for several big name players in the nfl. thank you. >> thank you. have a nice day. jenna: well the rebels in
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libya may have the will to fight but they lack air and firepower and they certainly according to the reports today are losing some ground. qaddafi's forces launching a massive assault on the rebels. a live report from the war zone in just a few minutes. plus, japan facing a nuclear nightmare and sparking heated debate in the u.s. could what happened there happen here? we'll take a closer look just ahead.
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jon: the nuclear crisis in japan raises questions about nuclear safety here in the united states. roughly 23 of our 104 nuclear plants have the same design as the crippled japanese reactors. some of them also located on coastlines and in earthquake zones. it has a lot of people questioning the future of nuclear energy in america. >> i've been a big supporter of nuclear power because it's domestic, it is ours and it is clean. i don't want to stop the building of nuclear power plants but i think we've quietly quickly put the brakes on and until we can absorb what has happened in japan as a result of the earthquake and tsunami. jon: let's talk about it with alex flint, senior vice president for governmental affairs at the nuclear energy institute. we have 23 plants in this country roughly built to the same design and design standards as those plants in japan that are having so much problems. do you see the same kind of
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threat here? >> well, what we do in this country we asked ourselves if one of these highly imrobl events were to occur and how would the plant and plant operators respond? since september 11th in particular we have modeled and prepared for scenarios where we would have stations that lose both off site and on-site electricity generation capacity. that is fundamentally what the problem is at sites in japan. we have made changes to the plants, to the regulations and we also simulate those scenarios. so we are better prepared if one of these highly improbable events were to occur at one of our sites. jon: but there was so much, when you think of the japanese you think of solid engineering, you think of safety planning, you think of fish ski -- efficiency, that kind of thing, so much happened there they never anticipated. are we anticipating the unanticipated? >> your exactly right we hold the japanese in very high regard. they have good engineering programs and good nuclear programs and are good operators. what we'll have to do first get over there and
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understand exactly what happened and how the plant survived the earthquake. their initial reports the plants did very well. but then also how the tsunami affected the plants. we're going to learn from that. we'll bring that knowledge back into your regulations. back into operations of our plants and enable us to make our plants even safer. jon: it was sort of spring for the nuclear power industry in this country. there hasn't been a plant built in 30, 35 years, since the three-mile island crisis back in '79. president obama, republicans in congress, were warming to the idea, trying to get some new nuclear power plants online. will this set the process back? >> you're absolutely right. the day after the election, both new speaker boehner and the president said that nuclear energy was one of the areas where the parties might be able to work together. we are building new plants in this country right now. the first of those plants will go online in 2016. so we have time between now and then to assess the impacts from what we learned from the situation in japan. i will tell you we expect those plants to continue.
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they have to meet, the plants that have existing but also that have been designed and are under construction have to meet very strenuous seismic requirements. they have to meet requirements they can withstand any sort of environmental impact, whether that's a hurricane, a tornado, tsunami. that is in the regulatory space. we update the requirements continuously as the usgs comes up with new seismic data. we update requirements are for the plants. so we think we have the safety and regulatory requirements in place to ensure these plants will continue to be safe and be completed and can go into operation sometime after 2016. jon: in short you think that the u.s. nuclear industry has actually planned better than japan for this kind of emergency? >> i think that after 9/11 in particular, the u.s. industry began to take steps to consider some of these very improbable scenarios. i have a lot of regard for the japanese program. they do run an excellent program. on the other hand, the u.s. fleet is best in class and i
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believe would be able to address these issues if, any one of these highly improbable events were to come true. i mean these are things that we prepare for in this country. jon: alex flint from the nuclear energy institute. thanks. >> thank you. jenna: breaking news on another crisis overseas. the conflict in libya now. forces loyal to cadalora, moammar qaddafi extending their gains. bombing a strategic oil town of ras lanuf from the air. the rebels are retreating but vow to fight on. rick leventhal is in libya. rick? >> reporter: the atmosphere in tobruk, libya the eastern most city city is calm. they recognize a new liberated libya. this town is in opposition control. they're speaking boldly of victory. but to the west of us in the oil port city of brega it is a very different atmosphere.
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rebel fighters there are getting pounded by moammar qaddafi's army. using tanks and art tillerry and airstrikes to weaken rebel forces to push them further back. in fact many rebel fighters have been wounded and treated in local hospitals. qaddafi claimed he captured brega yesterday. rebel forces claim they took it back overnight. we can't confirm at this hour who is in control. we can confirm new airstrikes in a key strategic point in the east that divides qaddafi forces from tripoli and the second largest city, benghazi and the height way that leads to tobruk where we spoke to an opposition leader that says, they're victorious here. that they are winning. as he put it, they're tasting food for the first tile but they also admit, jenna, they need a no-fly zone. they are being hurt by those airstrikes. they don't have an answer for qaddafi's air force. france and britain came out in support of a no-fly zone. so has the arab league.
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the united nations security council was in a closed-door meeting today on libya. we're waiting to find out if they endorse a no-fly zone. one other note here. qaddafi has offered he said amnesty to any soldiers who turn to the rebels side if they want to return he said. he will provide them amnesty if they show regret and hand over their weapons. no word whether or not any former libyan army members have done that. jenna? jenna: so many different reports coming out of libya today. rick leventhal with the breakdown. rick, thank you. we should mention secretary of state hillary clinton is meeting with leaders from the group of eight, the eight major superpowers, discussing imposing a no-fly zone in libya. the question we're asking today, is it too little too late to do something? judy miller, fox news contributor. judy, how would you answer the question a month into this crisis? is it too late? >> better to do something than nothing and that's where we're headed right now. if we had imposed a no-fly zone at very beginning of
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this conflict when qaddafi and his son vowed rivers of blood would flow if the rebellion continued, if at that point it would have sent a very strong, very, very powerful psychological signal to the rebels. right now we're in kind of the worst situation because on one hand our president has said qaddafi must go. his conduct is outrageous. he has no legitimacy. and on the other hand this country has done virtually nothing accept pass some sanctions which are long-term to make that outcome happen. jenna: what is the cost and benefits if we break it down between being the lead country and saying we are going to impose this no-fly zone? we've seen other countries like france comes to mind, very powerful in their statements in support of the rebels. can we be, can we be the second ones in on this? should we let others take the lead? cost and benefits in the arab world? >> we kept hearing about others taking the lead. first, let's wait for the arabs to take the lead.
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now the arab league has spoken, very uncharacteristically. they called for the imposition of a no-fly zone. nato is the logical party to impose that zone. nato says, no, we want to wait for u.n. security council resolution. every day we wait the rebels are being bombed and bombed into sub commission and we really risk a humanitarian catastrophe. jenna: i don't want to sound insensitive about that but why, this is question we haven't been able to answer from the leaders, why should we care? why do we need to get involved? >> i hate to talk about nitty-gritty things like oil, libya does supply about 2% of our oil and much more of the world's oil. but beyond that, this is a president who in cairo called for people to try and exercise their democratic rights of to pressure their government to let them do that. this is the country that should be leading the fight for democracy. i understand people who say we don't want to get involved. we don't want another iraq on our hands.
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i understand that argument. i also understand those people who say, like me, we must get involved because this is a humanitarian, democratic issue. but what i don't understand is the middle ground where we are, having called for him to leave and then stepping back and doing nothing. that is what is unacceptable. jenna: how do we know that the rebels won't be worse than qadaffi? >> we don't know that the rebels won't be worse than qadaffi. what we do know is that what we have is a man who in the past has proven to be higher as tick. who tried to develop weapons of mass destruction before he decided he didn't want them. who tried to assassinate a saudi king. who has supported terrorism for a long time until he decided that too many forces were arrayed against his country. he is mercurial. that is a kind and diplomatic way of putting what i consider to be a man who is kind of dangerously erratic. jenna: what do you expect to see over the next couple days? as we see all the different meetings, one with the g8
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with the superpowers that hillary clinton is participating in. you have the u.n. security council. we have all these meetings? >> i see a lot of talk, jenna. unfortunately i see a lot of talk and i don't see any kind of action that could signal to the rebels that the world is on their side in a meaningful way as opposed to just rhetorically. words at this point are cheap. the rebels need a fighting chance. i think that give the fact that the president of the united states called upon qaddafi to step aside, it is incumbent upon him to do more to make the outcome happen. jenna: we will see what talk turns into as we look over last couple weeks. judy, always great to have your perspective. judy miller. jon? jon: engineers, are trying, jenna, at a quake-damaged nuclear plant to prevent a nuclear meltdown but they seem to be running out of options. just exactly what is a meltdown? what happens if it occurs? that is ahead. also some states dealing with a state of emergency in the northeast. floodwaters are just now starting to recede but the
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rain over the last several days. many roads are expected to remain closed until later today or even tomorrow. what you just saw there was a mall in wayne, new jersey. you're also seeing some of the surrounding neighborhood. rescuers helping people get out of their homes as officials from maryland to maine monitor some of these rising waters. shea ryan staying busy in the fox extreme weather center. >> fortunately the weather is working in a lot of those flood affected areas. at least for now. you can see a little bit of moisture coming through the northeastern states. in new jersey where the three counties were highly affected over the weekend with flooding waters, drying out at least temporarily but we've got another storm system that is building across the southeast and heading into in the midwest here this morning, or this afternoon. and what we're seeing is that there is a severe threat involved with mississippi and parts of alabama and into louis here as we -- louisiana, as we continue through the day with large hail and damaging
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winds also creating those soaking winds. as we look at future radar this is how the storm system will progress. tuesday, still dry in the northeast where we've seen a lot of needing over the last few days but as we head into wednesday more soaking rains will be moving across the area that has been so hard-hit. at this point it does not look as if the rain totals will be quite as significant as the last round but still, any rain is definitely bringing concerns to that area. jenna: we'll stay updated on that, shay, thank you very much. jon: in japan as the people there face fears of nuclear fallout and possible meltdown, they are also coping with all of the damage from the devastating earthquake and resulting tsunami on friday. but they are not alone. coming up how you can help. are you receiving a payout from a legal settlement or annuity over 10 or even 20 years? the experts at imperial can convert your long-term payout into a lump sum of cash today.
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jon: two pretty ominous words you're hearing a lot of, nuclear meltdown and there are growing fears it could happen in japan. engineers say some of the fuel rods at one of the quake-damaged nuclear plants have been exposed and that raises the process of them partially melting down but what exactly does that mean? shibani joshi of the fox business network is here to hopefully help us explain and understand the damagers. >> we don't have to have a physics ph.d to explain this. in term pell person's terms, what we're not facing in japan is a full scale meltdown. what a full-scale melt down of nuclear reactor is melting down of nuclear insides that end up releasing molten lava type substance that is radioactive. fortunately we're not seeing that. we're seeing secondary containment unit of the reactor that is vulnerable. the primary unit is not. there is still leakage of
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the radiation we've been talking about all day today and certainly following. two explosions there. but what's happening is not as serious as a full-scale meltdown. but how long is it going to take them before they, can get a handle on it and figure out how bad it is? >> that is certainly the big focus everybody will be looking at. unfortunately these nuclear reactors don't have on and off switches. it takes a number of weeks, some are saying to put tens of thousands of gallons of seawater into the reactors to cool it down. this is the situation we need to continue to monitor. jon: they apparently still have the ability to do that? >> absolutely. jon: keep it somewhat cool? >> absolutely. that is what is happening now. jon: shibani joshi, fox business network, thank you. >> thanks. jenna: many people here in america are still eighting for word from japan as they try to connect with family and friends cuttoff by the earthquake and tsunami. >> i don't know if my reltives are alive or what is happening. i'm confused. i don't know if flights will get delayed and how everything is going to
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are, i, this is, my opinion having lived through some
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fairly big earthquakes are some of the worst because you're wincing every moment it is happening and wondering if the next one will be as big as original one that caused all the damage. as we talk so much about the human to and the devastation there, the psychological aspect of being through such a tragedy for this small country, a very important one but small one should not be underestimated at all. jon: what happened, they were prepared, in many ways, as well as any country on the planet for effects of the earthquake. japanese building standards are absolutely amazing. they were able to handle the earthquake. but as you have seen in the tsunami video the force of ocean water, walls of it, rushing in and smashing into houses. that is what obliterated so much of the country. >> still surprises me, the laura winthrop the american we talked to today, still in high-rise apartment building in tokyo, 25 stories up. officials say she isa